Health Datapalooza introduces new health data and tools

A packed house of 2,000-plus Monday morning were the first to hear of new health data and tools from the Federal Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services announced at the 2014 Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C.

Agencies find digital gov success by focusing on customers

The DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit hosted Thursday at the General Services Administration building explored many of the tactics federal organizations are using to bring their online presence and operations up to speed, but a resounding number of the representatives at the event referred to the customer as their main focus during this time of digital revolution in government.

GAO details sequestration’s impact on agencies

The top-level bumps and bruises of the 2013 sequestration have been more than apparent since the major cuts went into effect last March. But a new Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday shows in detail how the decrease in funding reduced or delayed federal agency operations and public services, affecting their partners, like state and local governments, as well.

FDA approves implantable, wireless heart-monitoring device

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday the approval of the first-ever implantable wireless device, a permanent monitor to measure pulmonary artery pressure for people who’ve suffered from heart failure.

White House makes new cybersecurity framework voluntary to its agencies

The White House announced Thursday it would not order executive branch departments and agencies to impose a newly-developed cybersecurity framework, instead opting for a voluntary implementation of the standards.

HHS looks for third set of entrepreneurs

A program that brought in new talent and innovation to the Department of Health and Human Services will return for its third round this fall.

HHS: 15,000 lives and $4.1billion saved by improved health care

The Department of Health and Human Services announced today recent efforts to make hospitals less harmful for patients are driving positive results.

What’s next for healthcare.gov? ‘Mother of all reconciliations’

Eight million enrollments and nearly eight months later, healthcare.gov remains threatened by a labyrinth of unfinished back-end systems that if not designed and integrated properly could cost taxpayers billions of dollars in overpayments to insurance companies and additional technical fixes.

FedMentor: HHS’ Kevin Charest

Kevin Charest, CISO at HHS, shares career advice for up-and-coming federal employees in this FedMentor interview.

Survey finds innovation in government at all-time low

The Partnership for Public Service, Deloitte and Hay Group, as part of their analysis of the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government data, took a look at how innovative the government is and found that in the three years the survey has been done, innovation scored the lowest in 2013.

Six red FDA projects on IT Dashboard exceed $195 million

The Food and Drug Administration has six red projects on the IT Dashboard, totaling up to more than $195 million.

Health secretary to step down

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is stepping down after five years on the post, ending her HHS career in the wake of the botched rollout of healthcare.gov and several congressional hearings in which she was blamed for the rocky launch.

Commerce puts best foot forward in open data

The government faces various challenges, but there is one that is universal among agencies: unleashing data.

Health IT blueprint released for review

In response to legislation passed by Congress in 2012, the Food and Drug Administration, in consultation with the Federal Communications Commission and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, released a report with a proposed strategy and recommendations for a health IT framework.

New partnership aims to expand HHS’ CONNECT program

The Department of Health and Human Services has joined the list of federal agencies and organizations to wield the power of open source technology to drive efficiencies in a 21st-century government.

VanRoekel sees progress on government’s digital strategy

Next month marks two years since the Obama administration released its Digital Government Strategy for leveraging information technology to transform government services. And while some have complained about the lack of direction and resources to make change happen at the agency level, the nation’s top chief information officer said he sees the fruits of the strategy beginning to take hold.

Guest column: Presidential Innovation Fellows: a model for impact and change

Adam Dole, a current presidential innovation fellow working on the MyData Initiatives (Blue Button) at the Department of Health and Human Services, discusses in this guest column how the program changed his life — and his future career aspirations.

Industry, gov officials make sense of cloud and mobility connection

As cloud computing use increases, so do organizations’ interest in accessing that technology from as many mobile devices as possible.

Budget breakdown: Windfall for workforce, R&D and STEM education

Despite what many consider a very modest pay raise for government employees, the budget request for fiscal year 2015 appears to actually invest in the federal workforce. Unveiled March 4, the FY 2015 budget request proposed a 1 percent pay increase for government employees, but emphasized more significant investments in training, development and recruitment initiatives for the federal workforce.

FDA seeks to up social media surveillance

The Food and Drug Administration is looking for another way to leverage social media to meet its mission needs. The agency posted a Sources Sought Notice on FedBizOpps in late February for use of social media that would give FDA another arm with which to monitor its risks in real time.

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